Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Balzary, aka Flea, has been a staple in celebrity property gossip columns going back a decade or more, so it really came as no surprise when real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak told us she’s “1,000% positive” the famously itchy-footed bassist surreptitiously, via blind trust, shelled out $2.65 million for a late-1930s traditional in a plum section of L.A.’s celeb-approved Los Feliz area.
The residence sits prominently on a slightly tight, .26-acre lot with, per listing details, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms in 3,561 square feet of fully restored and updated — if somewhat ho-hum — interior space. Magnesite floors in the center hall entry give way to caramel-toned hardwoods in the flanking formal living and dining rooms, both with bowed bay windows. The living room is anchored by a fireplace.
The eat-in, center island kitchen has high-end appliances and simple, Shaker-style cabinetry topped with pricey if perfectly ordinary black granite countertops, while the partially paneled family room has built-in bookshelves and a corner fireplace. The master suite encompasses a fitted walk-in closet, spacious bathroom, adjoining office and private terrace. A stone-tiled loggia off the kitchen and breakfast room overlooks the lushly planted backyard that steps up to a lap-lane swimming pool and spa.
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Once upon a time, the multiple Grammy winner owned the Hollywood Hills mini-estate Jake Gyllenhaal sold last month, and he turned an enviable profit on a Los Feliz estate he picked up in 2008 for $3.85 million and sold in 2010 to lovably crude comedian Jack Black for just under $6 million. Just this last September, Balzary sold a historic, Griffith Park-adjacent compound on a star-studded street in Los Feliz for exactly $6 million, and our research indicates the still-rocking 52-year-old continues to own a two-acre-plus, bluff-top estate in Malibu he acquired in 2006 for $9.98 million.
listing photos: Rodeo Realty